Unspillable glass

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It may seem like a distant memory, but summer is almost here again and perhaps, weather permitting of course, you’ll find yourself at a BBQ or picnic sometime soon. There’s just one problem: how and where to put your tasty beverage in the middle of a park or garden.

This is especially a problem for those of us who prefer a nicely chilled white or room temperature red in a proper glass, but are wary of pets, children or other adults accidentally knocking it over and staining our favourite clothes – let alone the offending adult, child or pet.

The problem with having a wine and champagne glass away from a nice level table is that it’s hard to put them down on an uneven surface thanks to their long stems and high centre of gravity. And let’s face it, no one wants to drink out of a plastic beaker.

The Challenge

The challenge this month is to therefore come up with a way to stabilise your long-stemmed drinking vessels on uneven ground so you can relax and stop looking around to check if it has taken a tumble.

Cheap and durable are the name of the game here, so no need to consider pneumatic levelling or gyroscopic stability control. As well as being durable (and possibly colourful), it should also be washable as it is being used outside and accidents will still happen. Critically, it mustn’t be too difficult to attach or operate... You want to enjoy yourself after all!

The solution

The solution to last month’s challenge of coming up with a way to stabilise your wine glasses at a picnic or BBQ is ‘Glass on the Grass’ from Australian start up Breathe Create.

The Glass on the Grass coasters are durable, reusable, stackable, lightweight, washable and come in a variety of refreshing colours and are designed to slip onto the base of a wine glass and provide a wide, stable support on uneven surfaces such as grass.

Breathe Create founders, Stephen Flewellen and Lee Drury, had Star Rapid create prototypes to test their concept, improve the product’s manufacturability and calculate pricing. Eventually Star Rapid produced the final coaster designs in a high-impact recyclable K-resin PB-5925 clear acrylic plastic as well as the production-ready plastic injection mould tools for Flewellen and Lee to continue to make the product themselves.

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Coffee Time Challenge is just a bit of fun, but it is based on a real engineering solution. If you send in your ideas by using the comment button below, we can add your solution as an alternative – perhaps something funny, practical, cheap or, of course, innovative.

Simple solution is to have a container on a gimbal it will always stay up right. Or a glass which is weighted at the bottom and has a rounded bottom, think Weeble.
Mat Southgate

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